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Definitions of bust

bust1 (bʌst



  1. the chest of a human being, esp a woman's bosom
  2. a sculpture of the head, shoulders, and upper chest of a person

Word Origin

C17: from French buste, from Italian busto a sculpture, of unknown origin

bust2 (bʌst (informal)



Word forms:   busts,  busting,  busted or ,  bust
  1. to burst or break
  2. to make or become bankrupt
  3. (transitive) (of the police) to raid, search, or arrest   ⇒  ■ the girl was busted for drugs
  4. (transitive) (US & and Canadian) to demote, esp in military rank
  5. (transitive) (US & and Canadian) to break or tame (a horse, etc)
  6. (transitive) (mainly US) to punch; hit
  7. See bust a gut



  1. a raid, search, or arrest by the police
  2. (mainly US) a punch; hit
  3. (US & and Canadian) a failure, esp a financial one; bankruptcy
  4. a drunken party



  1. broken
  2. bankrupt
  3. See go bust

Word Origin

C19: from a dialect pronunciation of burst


View thesaurus entry
= break, smash, split, crack, burst, snap, shatter, fracture, splinter, rupture, break into fragments
= arrest, catch, lift (slang), raid, cop (slang), nail (informal), collar (informal), nab (informal), feel your collar (slang)
= arrest, capture, raid, cop (slang)

Translations for 'bust'

  • British English: bust A bust is a statue of someone's head and shoulders....a bronze bust of the Queen.bʌst NOUN
  • Arabic: تـِمْثال نِصْفي
  • Brazilian Portuguese: busto
  • Chinese: 胸像
  • Croatian: bista
  • Czech: bysta
  • Danish: buste
  • Dutch: boezem
  • European Spanish: busto
  • Finnish: povi
  • French: buste
  • German: Büste
  • Greek: μπούστο
  • Italian: busto
  • Japanese: バスト
  • Korean: 여성의 가슴
  • Norwegian: byste
  • Polish: popiersie
  • Portuguese: busto
  • Romanian: bust busturi
  • Russian: бюст
  • Spanish: busto
  • Swedish: byst
  • Thai: รูปปั้นครึ่งตัว
  • Turkish: büst
  • Ukrainian: бюст
  • Vietnamese: tượng bán thân
  • British English: bust If you bust something, you break it or damage it so badly that it cannot be used. VERBThey will have to bust the door to get him out.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: arrombar
  • Chinese: 打碎
  • European Spanish: romper
  • French: démolir
  • German: aufbrechen
  • Italian: sfasciare
  • Japanese: 破裂させる
  • Korean: 때려부수다
  • Portuguese: arrombar
  • Spanish: romper


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